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Gambles’ Rambles: referees, inconsistency and final hooters to call time

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Ken Gambles came up with one the ideas of 2011, the mandatory wearing of bright pink mittens by shirt-pullers and goggles by divers. Sadly, no manufacturer could be found to guarantee keeping up with the likely demand and members of the National Union of Football Divers, Shirt-Pullers and Injury-Feigners besieged Parliament in their thousands. Now, […]

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Gambles rambles: reasons to be cheerful

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It is a constant moan from many of us who have been watching football for decades that “fings ain’t wot they used to be” but Ken Gambles reminds us that there are still friendships to be formed and fun to be had whoever you support. I must admit that the recent (now resolved) faux-pas by […]

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Grounds for divorce: Everton, Leeds and West Ham share the dishonours

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Ken Gambles gets around. Sunderland support has taken him all over the country. Worst ground, offering grounds for divorce after a lifelong love affair with football? The old Den probably took the biscuit for Monsieur Salut – a demoralising experience that had you questioning your own sanity for being there – and if we are […]

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SAFC v Republic of Ireland: an unforgettable night with Niall, minus Keane

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In the latest edition of Gambles’ Rambles, our regular contributor Ken Gambles pondered the worthy title ‘a reflective narrative on the role of altruism in a capitalist hegemony’ before deciding: ‘Nah, just a memory of Quinny’s testimonial.’ Monsieur Salut remembers it, too, as the game for which he bought a ticket knowing he had no […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: West Ham clearcut enough, but resolve the playoff follies

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

Not really an end-of-term review, though it starts that way, so the morning after more playoff games seems as good a time as any to throw open the Salut! Sunderland floor once again to Ken Gambles. It also gives readers another chance to stand up for, or slag off, West Ham: my wager is they’ll […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: recalling another spelling test Harry Redknapp, aged 2+, failed

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

It was while waiting to be released from the Riverside after a hard-fought but deserved win against the Boro that Ken Gambles learned, thanks to the scoreboard, that Fabio Capello had resigned. It set him thinking … (more…)

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How to end gamesmanship and cheating: pink mittens and goggles

Ken Gambles*, a stalwart of the North Yorkshire branch of the Sunderland AFC Supporters’ Association, casts a whimsical eye over footballers’ habits he’d go to unusual lengths to stamp out … Despite being a traditionalist. I amazed myself at how quickly I came to adapt to the back-pass law, penalty shoot-outs and even Sky’s razzmatazz. […]

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Brentford ‘Guess the Score’. QPR fan won the last competition. Sunderland’s turn?

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  It is rare though not unheard of. Without needing to post an entry, Clive Whittingham – a supporter of […]

Brentford Who are You?: ‘someone’s due a bashing’. Does he mean Sunderland?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Billy Grant* talks about his beloved Brentford the way we all wish we could talk about our […]

Leicester winning the league, Sunderland winning a game: finding the best odds online

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Another of Salut! Sunderland‘s services to the football-loving community, in this case that part of the community that likes an […]

Summerside Blues: a clock ticking to League One

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How many of the 26,000 fans who turned up for another rotten Sunderland display will be back for the Bristol […]

Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: another dismal afternoon as even Bolton look like overtaking SAFC

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Pete Sixsmith longs for the day he can write something upbeat about a Sunderland first-team performance. The visit of QPR […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-1 QPR. Winning ‘still seems miles away’

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Monsieur Salut writes: for much of the match against QPR at the Stadium of Light, the Sunderland nightmare seemed be […]